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Fergus HumeThe Mystery of a Hansom Cab (August 29, 2008)

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“The following report appeared in the Argus newspaper of Saturday, the 28th July, 18--

“Truth is said to be stranger than fiction, and certainly the extraordinary murder which took place in Melbourne on Thursday night, or rather Friday morning, goes a long way towards verifying this saying. A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by an inpenetrable mystery. …

“On the twenty-seventh day of July, at the hour of twenty minutes to two o'clock in the morning, a hansom cab drove up to the police station in Grey Street, St. Kilda, and the driver made the startling statement that his cab contained the body of a man who he had reason to believe had been murdered….” (Excerpt from the first chapter.)

NOTE: The preface of this work mentions the culprit of the "whodunit" - which may spoil the project for some listeners. Be advised to skip the preface or listen to it at the end if you'd like to be surprised by the outcome of the story.

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Fergus Hume
Date: 2008-08-29
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; mystery; murder; fiction

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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01 - What the Argus Said 8.8 MB
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02 - Evidence at the Inquest 9.2 MB
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03 - One Hundred Pounds Reward 1.1 MB
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04 - Mr. Gorby Makes a Start 7.3 MB
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05 - Mrs. Hableton Unbosoms Herself 12.7 MB
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06 - Mr. Gorby Makes Further Discoveries 13.6 MB
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07 - The Wool King 14.7 MB
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08 - Brian Takes a Walk and a Drive 16.1 MB
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09 - Mr. Gorby is Satisfied at Last 19.0 MB
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10 - In the Queen's Name 13.3 MB
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11 - Counsel for the Prisoner 14.3 MB
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12 - She was a True Woman 14.8 MB
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13 - Madge Makes a Discovery 15.6 MB
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14 - Another Richmond in the Field 11.8 MB
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15 - A Woman of the People 15.0 MB
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16 - Missing 9.8 MB
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17 - The Trial 16.2 MB
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18 - Sal Rawlins Tells All She Knows 11.0 MB
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21 - Three Months Afterward 13.4 MB
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22 - A Daughter of Eve 9.1 MB
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23 - Across the Walnuts and the Wine 12.4 MB
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24 - Brian Receives a Letter 13.8 MB
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25 - What Dr. Chinston Said 12.6 MB
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26 - Kilsip Has a Theory of His Own 8.0 MB
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27 - Mother Guttersnipe Joins the Majority 12.7 MB
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34 - The Hands of Justice 11.0 MB
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Reviewer: mikezane - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 18, 2011
Subject: Good story - have listened to it 2x
This story has lots of neat twists and turns. I actually listened to it 2x by mistake because I had forgotten that I had downloaded it before, and enjoyed it the second time. It's a keeper.

A man is murdered, and witnesses place a certain person at the scene. The murdered man was a rival for the affections of a lady, and the other man at the scene was the other rival. Adding to the motive is the fact that the father of the young lady wanted her to marry the murdered man. Motive, opportunity, and a bad temper seem to doom this young man to the gallows, but is he guilty?

Reading was fine, no complaints. Enjoy!

Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 3, 2009
Subject: Hume's first crime novel is easy to listen to
From Wikipedia: Hume was born in England. At the age of three his father emigrated with his family to Dunedin, New Zealand. He studied law and was admitted to the New Zealand bar in 1885. Shortly after graduation he left for Melbourne, Australia. He began writing plays, but found it impossible to persuade the managers of the Melbourne theatres to accept or even read them.

Finding that the novels of Émile Gaboriau were then very popular in Melbourne, he obtained and read a set of them and determined to write a novel of a similar kind. The result was the self-published novel The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), which became a great success. He based his descriptions of low life on his knowledge of Little Bourke Street. It eventually became the top selling mystery novel of the Victorian era, John Sutherland calling it the "most sensationally popular crime and detective novel of the century."

Hume returned to England in 1888. He resided in London for few years and then he moved to the Essex countryside where he lived in Thundersley for thirty years, eventually producing over 100 novels and short stories. Hume was a capable writer of mystery stories, and may be looked upon as one of the precursors of the many writers of detective stories whose work was so popular in the twentieth century.

My comments: If the term "pop fiction" existed at the time, it would be apropos of this book. It's enjoyable and easy to read, it did catch me in the story and surprised me at the end. Great fiction, maybe not, but quite nice for a rainy Saturday.

This is a solo project by Sibella Denton. Sibella is a good reader - clear and easy to listen to. At times the reading is a bit quick, but that does not detract from the overall story or quality of the recording.

Reviewer: trail_runnr - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 26, 2008
Subject: 5 Stars - No Question
I listen daily to an audio book/stories etc. on my mp3 player.

Toward the end of this audio book I could not stop listening. There are so many twists and turns in The Mystery of the Hansom Cab and several sub plots that it kept me guessing. I won't give away any of the secrets, but I assure you I will listen to The Mystery of the Hansom Cab again.

5 Stars - No Question